Some Central New York employers and employees might face a legal dilemma when the state’s medical marijuana program takes effect.
Partner at Tully Rinckey law firm in Syracuse Graig Zappia says the federal Controlled Substances Act still classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug with “no accepted medical use.”
Zappia says both sides have to be wary of anything that might infringe on the rights of others. He says medical marijuana also introduces liabilities for doctors participating in the program. Zappia says health care providers will have to be very certain to just whom they’re prescribing the medication so they don’t run afoul of the law.